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Sport Studies Leisure and Nutrition

Milly Blundell

Milly Blundell

Telephone: 0151 231 5332


Milly is a Senior Lecturer in Sport Development and Social Inclusion. Milly's research focuses on sport and social inclusion, specifically exploring gender issues in sport. She is currently completing her PhD, which is longitudinally examining women's engagement in sport and physical activity and how behaviour changes occur. This work builds on the Sport England Funded 'I Will if You Will' evaluation, on which Milly was the principal investigator. That project informed the national roll-out of the 'This Girl Can' ( campaign.


2011, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, PGCLTHE
2009, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, MA (Distinction)
2006, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, BA (Hons)

Academic appointments

Senior Lecturer in Sport & Social Inclusion, School of Sport Studies, Leisure & Nutrition, Liverpool John Moores University, 2012 - present



Hayton JW, Blundell M. 2018. Exploring Repeated Sport Event Volunteering Through Longitudinal Field-Based Research Sage Research Methods, >DOI

Journal article

Hayton JW, Blundell M, Cullinane D, Walker C. 2018. Building an inclusive cycling "movement": Exploring the charity-led mobilisation of recreational cycling in communities across Merseyside, England. Sport Management Review, >DOI >Public Url

Walker C, Stanley G, Blundell M, Burton D, Jones M, May S, Walker S. 2013. Lessons learned - Increasing participation of children with disabilities in Physical Education through a collaborative school and third sector partnership approach educationalfutures, 1 :1-27

Vickerman PB. 2012. English Learning Support Assistants Experiences of Including Children with Special Educational Needs in Physical Education European Journal of Special Needs Education, :1-20 >DOI

Vickerman P, Blundell ME. 2010. Hearing the voices of disabled students in higher education: experiences of induction through to employability Disability and Society, 25 :21-32 >DOI

Gaston L, Blundell M, Fletcher T. Gender Diversity in Sport Leadership: A Review of United States of America National Governing Bodies of Sport Managing Sport and Leisure,

Conference publication

Richards K, Blundell M, Roberts S. 2015. Richards, K., & Blundell, (2014). 'I will if you will': intial findings from a Sport England Pilot Designed to postiively change women;s sporting behaviour. The 6th International World Congress on Women In Sport. Finland, Helsinkin, June

Reeves MJ, Blundell M. The 2 Cultures of Sport Sports policy factors leading to international sporting success (SPLISS)


Blundell M, Richards K, Roberts S, McIlroy D, Reeves MJ. 2014. Measuring women and girls sport behaviour and attitude change in Bury :1-75

Engagement & Impact

Research Grants Awarded:

Bury Council / Sport England, The measurement of women and girls sport behaviour and attitude change in Bury, Kaye Richards, Matthew Reeves, Simon Roberts, Grant value (£): 96,000, Duration of research project: 18 Months

Liverpool City Council, Women Get Active, Grant value (£): 9,000, Duration of research project: 3 years

Merseyside Development Foundation, ‘Why Don’t You’ Evaluation, Grant value (£): 3,000, Duration of research project: 12 months

Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), Student Learning Mentors Project, Grant value (£): 6,000

Teacher Development Agency, Preparing Trainee Teachers and Learning Support Assistants (LSA’s) to Include Children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) in Physical Education (PE), Grant value (£): 18,000, Duration of research project: 24 months

Higher Education Academy, Special Interest Group on Disability in Higher Education, Grant value (£): 5,000

Merseyside Sports Partnership, Club Database Development, Grant value (£): 5,000